Well, as it turns out, yes, there’s actually an art to colour matching. While you probably know that some colours look great together and others just don’t, you may not know that this is all to do with the “colour wheel”. This is a neat little tool which is broken up into cool, warm, primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

horse tack colour wheel

Designers, stylists, painters, artists – and now horse riders – can use the principles of the colour wheel to pair hues that work in harmony with each other. Which is exactly the look you’re after when you’re aiming to effortlessly turn out your horse in a matchy matchy set that complements their coat colour, markings, the rest of your tack and even your riding outfit.

Kitting your horse out with coloured saddle pads, matching bonnets and bandages has become a sought after style, with many professional riders showcasing their favourite ensembles both at shows and at home. Luckily, we can seek to emulate these looks within our arenas too, with just a little help from colour theory.

Borrowing from the colour wheel, there are four main ways to choose colours for your horse.

1. Black and White Goes with Any Colour

Oh lucky you with the black or grey steed. You get to pick out your favourite colours knowing that your horse can probably carry off the boldest look with ease. Having said that, when selecting a matching set that will really pop, try selecting dark colours for a grey and light colours for a black horse.

For inspiration, just think of Carl Hester’s Uthopia with his gleaming white dressage pad. The contrast will make your horse’s coat stand out perfectly, no frenzied grooming required.

2. Pick Two Opposing Colours on the Colour Wheel (Otherwise Known As Complementary Colours)

Referring back to the colour wheel, you’ll notice that the blues and greens are directly across from the yellows and oranges. Guess what that means for riders with chestnuts and palominos? Yes, you guessed it, you’ll be looking at shades of blue and green like aqua, teal, mint, royal blue, navy and hunter green. Depending on how rich your horse’s coat colour is, you might also be able to consider purple shades like violet and plum. Choose your favourite pad and team it with wraps, a fly veil and halter for the perfect matchy set.

3. Try the Monochromatic Look (and Break All the Rules!)

Alright, this approach is one for the more confident equestrian fashionista going for gold in the colour coordination stakes. The idea is to coordinate hues of the same colour. That means if you have a buckskin, you could attempt a bronze saddle blanket, or you could try an orange saddle pad on your bright red chestnut or even a steel grey set on your dapple bay.

Rather than stand out, the look you’ll be aiming for is a polished pairing oozing style and certainty. You might find this look works well for horses with lots of bling and those with spotted coat patterns as the lack of contrast allows the markings to shine.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Pick a Third Colour

If you’ve got two colours down pat then it’s time to pick a third by looking at the coloured piping on the edge of your saddle blanket or by choosing an accent colour though your matched set. This sort of look suits the traditionalist amongst us who appreciates a good navy blue/red or green/maroon combination on a flashy bay. It will also appeal to those who love the more zesty spring colours such as raspberry paired with lime – how eye-catching would something like that look on a chunky paint?

Of course, when all is said and done, colour choice often simply comes down to personal preference. Colours have this innate ability to influence our moods, and so we might decide it’s a pink kind of day despite owning a roan gelding! Pick the matchy set you absolutely love and I’m sure you’ll find a way for you and your equine partner to pull off the look with aplomb.

Matchy Sets Sorted By Colour

Click some of the colours below to find a wide range of matching sets all sorted by colour. You can filter down further by brand, size and style on the colour sections.























Most Popular Matching Horse Sets

Here’s a selection of some of our most popular coloured matchy sets.

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Go Green


Ex-racehorse Lucky Star looks a million dollars in HKM’s Lauria Garrelli Champagne Deep Green dressage pad, complete with matching bandages.

Step On the Gas


Looking hot to trot in HKM’s Gently Petrol saddle pad with matching bandages this colour suits all horses, from greys to bays to blacks.

Show Stopping


HKM’S Lauria Garrelli Champagne Ivory saddle pad and matching bandages looks stunning on bay horses.

Black Beauty


HKM’s Kontinent dressage pad in black is great for every day use and the stylish choice for all horses, whatever their colour.

120 thoughts on “What colour looks best on my horse

  1. nevaeh says:

    What color would look good on a blood bay mare? Shes like a week old and Im going to train her for barrel racing, any color ideas? Im thinking like a dark blue?

  2. Maddie Wiskar says:

    I have a palomino gelding and I think he looks good in blue but I’m not sure. What would be a good colour to match him

  3. Lillian Golden says:

    I have a brown and white quarter horse paint…really struggling to find a colour that suits him. Any recommendations?

  4. Dinki🐴 and Franco🐴 says:

    ive got a bay and fleabitten grey they already wear LeMieux navy and french rose. colour suggestions thinking shades of mint/peacock but not in stock/discontinued

  5. Jessica says:

    What color should I get for my cremello shes usually mostly white white light gold dapples in the summer with bright blue eyes but a dark blue surrounding it

  6. Neeve says:

    I have a dark chestnut gelding with white socks. I think navy and forest green look good old him, but i am not sure whether i should choose one, both, another colour/s or what other colours would work with nay or forest green.

  7. Daisy says:

    I have a chestnut she is very dark in the winter and I need to bright her up

    I just can’t chose what colour I have Lemieux citron Lemieux black Lemieux ink blue Lemieux french rose and Lemieux hunters green
    So I don’t need those colours what other colours do you recommend for my pony???

  8. Millie Cottrell says:

    Hi lovies, I’m obsessed with Loire le Mieux and I just wanted to know your opinions on that specific type of saddle pad on a dark bay horse with light dapples on his stomach?? And what colour would look best on him x

  9. Darcy says:

    i have a colored gelding but his patches are roanish chestnut and he has a wall eye im stuck on nuhmnah suggestions ideas please? im desperate

  10. Kate says:

    I ride a chestnut gelding in my lessons, and I want to get him a saddle pad that looks great. I use dark brown tack, and I also want to be able to use the saddle pad on other colored horses, since I will eventually ride a different horse. Any ideas? I’m thinking navy and gray/white, (I’m probably buying two saddle pads), tell me what you think!

    • Kate says:

      1. Wow, I had no idea that coloring was a thing, that’s a really beautiful horse you have!

      2. Black would look really good if you want a less bright tone, blues and greens of various shades would be beautiful, in my opinion. If you aren’t a fan of blues and greens, burgundy would also look amazing. Sorry about all of the choices, usually I just want a straight answer. It also depends on what you like, and what your horse looks good in, every coloring has variations, so it can be pretty complicated.

      3. Also, if you have any equestrian friends, ask if you can borrow their saddle pads, so you can see what they look like on your horse. Good luck!

  11. Caitlin :) says:

    What colour would suits my palomino? He has golden eyes and i really want something that will bring them out xx

  12. Miranda says:

    I have a Buckskin paint that’s primarily tan with a lot of white but has the black mane and tail. I need advice on how to color her tack to suit her. Shes wildly marked and nothing seems to suit her.

    • Ruth Collier says:

      Burgundy or copper for sophistication, but teal, royal blue or even brighter green would look nice. It depends on if you are going for a blended, sophisticated look, or a more fun-in-the-sun vibe. If the horse is light enough, and you are brave enough, orange.

    • Kate says:

      I think that a green of any tone or a red would look great on a sorrel. White and navy also look good on chestnuts and sorrels alike. (I sometimes ride a sorrel with a brown english saddle too, and that’s what I use.)

    • Shade B says:

      Same my horse is a painted horse and it is black and white and her mane is half and half and I’m having the same issue but I think I came to the conclusion that a bright tangy orange looks good on her. Let me know if you enjoy my advice

  13. Charlotte says:

    I have a light bay,dark bay spotted also slight chestnuty and white blanket Appaloosa I’m really struggling to fined colours to suit her anyone got any ideas?

  14. Lara says:

    I have a dapple grey pony who is not slightly dapple grey he is fully dapple grey and I was wondering if red would look good on him ???

    • Kate says:

      Yes, I think red would look good on him, but someone at my stable has a slightly dapple grey horse, and lavender and light blue look good on him.

  15. NikkiC says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions for what colours will look good on my chestmare mare? In the past I’ve always used shades of blue with brighter trims, but I don’t want her looking like a boy anymore lol.

    I’ve thought about trying her in pink, but I’m not so sure it would suit her. What colours suite your chestnut horses?

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